Gail Posner Leaves Estate to Her Dogs
Gail Posner Leaves Estate to Dogs; Son Protests
When Gail Posner died in March 2010, she left the bulk of her estate, including her Miami Beach mansion, to her chihuahua, Conchita, and two other dogs.
Gail Posner's only living child, Bret Carr, is filing a lawsuit against Posner's former staff, asserting that they had set up the dogs as high-maintenance celebrity canines so that, when Posner passed away, they (the staff) would benefit from the money and property left to the dogs.
A dog cannot spend millions of dollars, but a dog's caregiver certainly can. For example, Conchita's primary caregiver would get $5 million to keep the dog in the lap of luxury to which she had supposedly become accustomed.
Among Mr. Carr's claims is that the aides directed a "deeply disturbed" Ms. Posner to hire a publicist to promote Conchita as "one of the world's most spoiled dogs"—complete with a four-season wardrobe, full-time staff and diamond jewelry. Mr. Carr's lawyer, Bruce Katzen, says he believes the publicity campaign was part of a "ruse" to explain why a large trust fund was needed to care for the dogs.
What starts as a funny story turns dark very quickly, as the Posner family has a complex history of addiction, infighting, and crime. Indeed, nobody seems entirely clear on exactly how much money the estate is worth, but it's in the millions of dollars.
Mr. Carr's relationship with his mother is portrayed in the lawsuit as rocky, but he says they had a close relationship during "the sober phases of her life." He also says she variously told him that he would inherit her entire estate; half of her inheritance from Victor Posner; and a house next door to hers, also owned by the family.